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CHARLES GAYARRE.

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THINK Mr. Lincoln possessed much originality of character; that he was humane and pure, kindly disposed toward the South, and that, whatever may have been his errors or deficiencies, he always meant to act according to what he considered patriotic motives and the dictates of an honest conscience. Hence I have no hesitation to declare that I have never ceased to be convinced that his tragic death, at the time it occurred, was a most fatal event for the Southern States, which I sincerely believe would have been treated with much more liberality by him than they had the good fortune to be after his assassination.

NEW ORLEANS, 1882.

Charles Gayarra

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ATRIOT, who made the pageantries of kings
Like shadows seem, and unsubstantial things.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, 1881.

D. W. Dale

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HE name of Abraham Lincoln will stand forever, as the second in our history, following immediately that of George Washington. This one was the principal agent in emancipating the western continent from foreign domination, that one the principal agent in rescuing it from a domestic domination even more hurtful. Both were spotless apostles of human liberty.

NEW YORK, 1880.

Parke Godwin

STANLEY MATTHEWS-CHAS. W. DILKE. 433

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HE memory of Abraham Lincoln is entombed in the hearts of the American people. Their love and gratitude are the columns which support the monument of his fame, more enduring than bronze or marble. His will live forever, not only in the story of his country, but in the reverence and affection of his countrymen. The purity of his patriotism inspired him with the wisdom of a statesman and the courage of a martyr.

Hamby Machurs

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MY Y personal acquaintance with Mr. Lincoln began

in 1858. Afterwards, as one of his secretaries

at Washington, I had many opportunities for personal observations. There were many strong men grouped around him, from time to time; statesmen, jurists, scholars, journalists, generals, diplomatists; yet under no circumstances did he fail to make upon me the indelible impression that he was the greatest, the strongest, the noblest of them. I have never seen him speaking with any man who seemed to me his equal.

M. Boddard

MORRISANIA, 1881.

C. S. HARRINGTON.

435

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SAGE in wisdom, worthy of the best of the ancients; a man such as Diogenes would have been delighted to find; a statesman of the school of sound common sense, and a philanthropist of the most practical type; a patriot without a superior-his monument is a country preserved. His name will always be enrolled among the heroes and saviors of mankind.

C. d. Hassing.

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1880.

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